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Two Cardinals Pick For Athlons Big East's Breakout Players List

August 6, 2012
By Jon Hancock of KentuckySports.co



      Athlon Sports made a list of the Big East's Breakout Players for the 2012 season. They expect wide receiver DeVante Parker and defensive end Marcus Smith will be house hold names with by the end of the year, at least for Big East fans. With as much talent that Charlie Strong has put together at Louisville this year, I expect a lot of Cards will be household names with in the next year. For complete article go HERE.



DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville In some ways, Parker broke out last season. As a true freshman, he caught 18 passes for 291 yards and six touchdowns. His best performance came in the 24-17 loss to FIU, grabbing four receptions for 52 yards and one touchdown. With another offseason to work with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Parker should push for the team lead in receptions. As evidenced by his touchdown total from 2011 (6), Parker is one of the Big East’s top threats in the redzone and should be Bridgewater’s go-to guy around the goal-line once again.

Marcus Smith, DE, LouisvilleThe Cardinals finished 10th nationally against the run last season, and this unit could be even better in 2012. Charlie Strong and coordinator Vance Bedford have accumulated depth and athletic ability, molding Louisville’s line into one of the best in the Big East. Smith has bounced around the field in his career, starting at quarterback and moving to linebacker in 2010. He moved to defensive end in 2011 and made five starts last season, recording 12 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Smith should be Louisville’s top pass rusher and will have an increased role in the defense in 2012.

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